Things Have Changed

Your eyes do not deceive you, I do indeed have a new website. Well, not a new website; more like a gently and professionally buffed-up one. A redesign, I believe the kids are calling it, though I prefer to call it a small cosmetic surgery: the equivalent of calf implants, perhaps. Just a little boost!

Sean has been working tirelessly to get this up and running, and it is a relief to both of us that it is finally done. Didn't he do a nice job designing and building it? I wrote it into our marriage vows, see: one new site design every two years. Eh, I kid. It was every five.

The aim is that you will find this new and rejiggered version of Nothing But Bonfires not only more beautiful but also just slightly more useful. At the top, you will see a section entitled Travel Guides. For the moment, I have put together three travel guides on the places I get asked about most: San Francisco, London, and Charleston, and my hope is that if you are going to any of these places, you can pull up the travel guide on your phone---or print it if you can take the collective wince of several trees---and use it while you are on vacation. You will also, on that tab, see a section entitled Reader Travel Guides: I have made these, so far, for Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver, Rome, Paris, and Sydney & Melbourne, and they include all the suggestions that you gave us, over the years, for those trips. Clap yourselves on the back for that one! Your suggestions helped us out so much, and now we're hoping they can help other people out too.

Speaking of helping people out, I've added a Travel Q&A section in the sidebar, and here is why: I get a lot of email from people asking me the same things (how do I book a cheap flight? Where should I go on my vacation? What's the easiest way to pack light?) and I figured you know, if enough people have these questions, maybe we could all just benefit from the information being in one place. I am really, really behind on email at the moment and I feel horrible about it, so I'm hoping this will force me to get better at it---and hopefully it'll help you out if you need a little travel advice; this way, you can either search through the Q&A archives or contact me with a specifc question. You'll also notice a map functionality in the sidebar that lets you search for posts by location and find all the things I've written in, from, or about that place. This is Sean's baby and he is very, very proud of it.

So that's the travel-related stuff. What else? Well, you'll see a tab for Bad Decisions up at the top, where I'll resume adding all those everso flattering pictures of my acid-washed jeans from 1987---and probably, at some point, solicit your Bad Decisions---and you'll also notice a Craftiness section too, which I hope is going to inspire me know, get a little craftier. I even bought a new corner-rounder this weekend in celebration. You may also notice that I have changed Best Things Ever to Splendid Things, partly because I was getting sick of that phrase and partly because I am trying to bring the world "splendid" back into fashion. Do you say it much? You should. I'm also experimenting with marvelous, magnificent, and tremendous. Great words, all of them.

Also in the sidebar, you'll see a link to our DIY Wedding: as you know, we did a lot of stuff for our wedding ourselves, and I thought it would be interesting to chronicle some of the projects we did and some of the details we included and some of the fun we had. If you have no interest in weddings, you just have to ignore this section completely; if, however, you were just about to email me and ask me the best place to buy envelopes for your homemade invitations, then this section is for you. (PS: It's Cards and Pockets.)

So I think that's pretty much it---apart from the updated About page, of course, which up until yesterday still said I was a) 29 and b) not a fan of Heid Montag, when really it's Ashlee Simpson Wentz who really gets up my nose these days---and the Twitter feed at the bottom which features me looking like I'm yelling at you in a very excited way, which, funnily enough, is how I often communicate in real life. Do let me know if you see any bugs or weird issues or anything---and tell me which browser you're viewing it in---and I'll pass them along to my top-of-the-line technology team, which as we all know is just Sean sitting downstairs in his cold and empty study we still haven't unpacked.

Speaking of Sean, I should give him a big thank you for working on this, because he's really done a lovely job. He builds websites the way a normal person would, say, boil a saucepan of pasta: like it's no big deal to do. How useful it was to marry a person who knows how to do stuff like this. Perhaps only a professional cheese-taster would have been a better choice. Close call, though. He'd probably still have the edge.

Aug 19, 2010

Holly, I love the new look! You (and by that I mean Sean, I suppose?) did such a SPLENDID job in keeping some of what makes Nothing But Bonfires what it always has been (the colors, some of the structure) - but then it looks so much fresher now! Seriously: good job! I especially like the "handwritten" font in the header which - am I completely off track here? - really reminds me of the font you guys used on all your DIY wedding stuff...? (I'm obsessed with fonts.)

ALSO, I love that you guys decided to make it so much easier to access all the travel information that you have posted over the years. I'm a fan of everything you write but I have also come here specifically to look up some of your insider tips! :)

(By the way, I have a 4-hour layover at Copenhagen airport tomorrow. You don't happen to have any tips for that, do you?)

Aug 19, 2010

New site looks...splendid. Great job :-)

Aug 19, 2010

Wow, it looks lovely - the categories are great!

Aug 19, 2010

I also have to say.. while browsing through said categories I came across your post & picture of overplucked eyebrows and oh my! Hilarious!

Aug 19, 2010

I like the shouty Twitter face very much. Congratulations on the redesign :-)

Aug 19, 2010

Ooh, ooh and the site's letting me comment again. Extra points!

Aug 19, 2010

Irony alert: I got excited about being able to post on the site again, having been unable to for some time, but then got blocked by the spam filter with my celebratory comment, because I was posting again too soon.

Aug 19, 2010

LOVE the redesign!

@Kat CPH airport is small but nice but the wifi is pricey as I recall. A train into the city takes about 3O minutes. The old town and marina are right beside the central train station. So 4 hours should be enough time to walk around Copenhagen and grab a bite or something.

Aug 19, 2010

@Regina I didn't realize that, thank you!

Aug 19, 2010

I love it! Wonderful work!!

Aug 19, 2010

Excellent design!

Aug 19, 2010

Ooooh! So pretty! I really love it! REALLY!

Aug 19, 2010

Yikes... change! Scary.. but it's ok, because this looks great. So I think I can handle it :)

I have only one reservation. I can't find your great line: "You say tomato, I say you're saying it wrong."
It's a perfect line, I love the way it can be read in multiple accents and mean something different each time.

Did I overlook it? Is it still around here somewhere? Or is it something only speakers of British English "get" and you've decided to do away with? (I'm South African so maybe it makes more sense to me?) Anyway, just wanted to say: I love that line, but I'll still come visiting here even if it's not here :)

Aug 19, 2010

Looks great, love it! Great job Sean.

Aug 19, 2010

Holly it's beautiful! Great work Sean!

Aug 19, 2010

The new site looks lovely!

Aug 19, 2010

oh, that font! The one that the word "Bonfires" is written in, that is. (It's still in my wish list - or, as I call it, the list of things I'm so tempted to buy but I just can't bring myself to buy it. I'm afraid that once I start buying swooping, lovely fonts I won't be able to stop.)

Aug 19, 2010

I love that you have found yet ANOTHER use for FeelScript. Really getting your money's worth out of that purchase, aren't you?!

Love the site - looks so pretty.

Aug 19, 2010

Love the new design!

Aug 19, 2010

Hooray! Your new site is positively tremendous!

Aug 19, 2010

It's completely lovely. Well done, and serious kudos to Sean!

Aug 19, 2010

And don't forget "superb"! Which is another apt adjective to describe the new design...

Operation Pink Herring
Aug 19, 2010

Tremendous job, Sean. Love the new look and the new features!

Laura B.
Aug 19, 2010

love the new design and i'm viewing in safari sean!

Aug 19, 2010

It's truly splendid! Also...marvelous, magnificent and tremendous. Well done, both of you!

Aug 19, 2010

I have to say, that map thing is pretty slick.

Aug 19, 2010

Holly & Sean, I love it! Bravo, Burlinskys! (Do you have some other mashed-up name for you two? I just made that one up. Stuart and I are Brigouras - Bridgett, Cavouras.)

Aug 19, 2010

Love it!

Aug 19, 2010

Love it! Great job, Burlinskys!!

Aug 19, 2010

It looks tremendous. ;)

Sean is a brilliant web designer - I love what he's doing on my photography site. You two are a perfect match, indeed.

Pinkie Bling
Aug 19, 2010

Very well done!!

Locusts and Wild Honey
Aug 19, 2010

Oh, Sean. You clever man you.

Congrats all around. The site looks awesome.

Aug 19, 2010

Uh oh, when I went to the DIY Wedding section and clicked on the invitations post, it tells me I'm looking for something that's no longer there. Don't think the missing link has anything to do with the browser, but I'm using Firefox 3.6.8.

Aug 19, 2010

Looks great! I'm sure I'll spend some time here and there exploring around!

Aug 19, 2010

Yay Sean! Congratulations on all your hard work! (Me next, now?) :)

Aug 19, 2010

I LOVE IT! Excellent work Sean!!

Aug 19, 2010

It's splendid! (See, your word is already catching on.) I'm viewing it in Firefox, and all is well. Congrats on the upgrade!

Aug 19, 2010

Both gorgeous and functional! Just like Holly herself! Though I might not use the word "functional" for Holly. Perhaps brilliant? Or...splendid?


Aug 19, 2010

Brilliant! I love the changes.

Aug 19, 2010

Love it! Looking forward to poking around and reading everything new.

Question: will your RSS feed remain the same and will it update when you add new stuff (like a new travel guide?)?

Aug 19, 2010

Wow, the site looks fantastic! Nice work, Sean. Love the new categories and the travel section, Holly. Awesome.

Aug 19, 2010

Love it! It's splendid, marvelous and magnificent!

Aug 19, 2010

this is fantastic. utterly fantastic. well done sean! can i borrow him for my wedding and blog designs? :)

Aug 19, 2010

It's beautiful! Kudos to Sean. One nitpicky thing though -- the text is a bit small. Had to enlarge it to read it. I'm on IE something or other at the office (shhhhh).

Franca Bollo
Aug 19, 2010

Oh, well done, rump roast! Sorry ... I love that expression but have driven all my friends away using it. And now you'll block my comments. But the site does look fresh. You know what would make it even BETTER? An updated series of the four photos that appear on your "About Me" page featuring the adult Holly mimicking the juvenile Holly.

Can I get a "Hell ya!" from the other readers of this blog?

Aug 19, 2010

what a beautiful redesign! the travel map is genus :)

Aug 19, 2010

I want to make sweet love to that travel map.


Really, really great new suite. Very user friendly and clean. Great job!

Funnelcloud Rachel
Aug 19, 2010

Love the new design! Splendid! I just started a new blog, too, but mine looks rather basic - probably because I don't know what I'm doing, nor do I have a creative graphic designer husband. Shucks.

Also, I just clicked on your Where I've Been link and when I saw your map with all those pins, I promptly turned green, no GREEN, with envy.

Aug 19, 2010

Holly- it looks fabulous!

Kate (and Ben)
Aug 19, 2010

Righty-oh, this is TOTALLY off the wall. However I wandered around your new web-digs (very nice, my little German heart is LOVING all of the organization) and flipped through your pictures and I do not have a flickr account (I know, right? I may be the only person in a first-world country that doesn't) and I was wondering what you ended up doing with your wedding dress? Display? Stored away? Perhaps kept for future young-uns? A trash-the-dress shoot (please say no to that one)?
Just basic nosiness on my part.

Aug 20, 2010

I loooooove it! So cute and with so much to explore! Kudos to both of you. How can one couple be so adorable AND so talented? Unfair!

Kristin H
Aug 20, 2010

Very nice! The only thing I found is the dates for each post are cut in half--I can only see the right half of the date (for example, ug 8 10). I am running Firefox 3.5.11 on Win XP SP 3.

Aug 20, 2010

I have nothing constructive to say about the site, but I've just realised that when describing to my dress maker what I want my wedding dress to look like, I have been subconsciously describing yours! I've had a picture in my head for ages now of the dress that I wanted - and it turns out, that picture was one I saw of you aaaages ago.

So there you go, nothing useful, but a sort of compliment as imitation is the highest form of flattery, yes?

Aug 20, 2010

Love the new design! Expected nothing less from your awesome creative self, of course. One quick suggestion, since you are soliciting (advice, not prostitutes). I often check back to your site for Apartment (and now House) design ideas. Maybe you can add a section for this? Possibly a subsection of your 'Craftiness' category?

Anyways, keep up the good work!

Take care,

P.S. I can drive stick, which hopefully makes up for the fact that I overuse parenthesis (obviously).

Aug 20, 2010

I am LOVING the new site redesign! As a graphic designer I know the pain of it all and it looks amazing! Great job team.

Aug 20, 2010

Truly a fantastic site design. Functional and graphically beautiful. Love it!!

Aug 20, 2010

I love the new look, my, your site doesn't look a day over 4 years old. Love it. Your London fanbase!

Aug 21, 2010


Aug 22, 2010

Love it!

Aug 24, 2010

Looks great, but like for #53 above, I can only see half of the little calendar/date thingy beside the post title. The rest is cut off. I'm using Firefox 3.6.8

Aug 27, 2010

I love the new look and am in awe of Sean. But I do miss your old tagline, which still had the power to make me smile. "You say tomato; I say you're saying it wrong." On the bright side, I can now steal it with aplomb! er, right?

Oct 28, 2010

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